Living in Japan has never been easier. When I first moved to Japan bottled water was unusual and diet coke didn’t exist. Of course, I lived in rural Japan, but even in the country these things are widely available now. Living in the city has always been more convenient, and a lot of things are available here. There are more and more organic restaurants emerging and a few organic foods available at some stores. There are vegetarian restaurants and a few macrobiotic restaurants. There are stores like Costco, as well as a wide variety of English books, English movies, English CDs and DVDs available. More and more western goods become available daily, but even so, there are many things from home that are difficult to get. That is why I love the internet. Sites like Amazon. jp where you can buy English books cheaply, but without the heavy shipping costs that you would pay if you bought from Amazon.com or Amazon.ca. Food from Costco is available at TheFlyingPig.com. The site doesn’t have everything that the store has, but it still makes life easy. I saved my personal favourite for last. This website has been my saviour at times. The Foreign Buyers Club, www.fbcusa.com, has almost everything from home that you can think of. All of the vitamins I can’t buy, turkey and candy canes at Christmas, Hallowe’en candies and costumes…..basically, whatever you miss from home, the foreign buyers club has. Except Cheese wiz ….Ah well, can’t have everything.